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Reed Secures Grant For Elmira City Schools

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Washington, D.C., October 4, 2018 | comments

Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced a $727,431 grant to provide the Elmira City School District with funding to improve literacy skills in students.

“We care about ensuring our children have a fair chance to receive a quality education,” Tom said. “This grant enables our local schools to fund projects which promote literacy and encourage children to read.”

“A strong foundation of literacy is critical to learning in school and in the complex world around us,” Elmira City School District Superintendent, Hillary Austin said. “The Innovative Approaches to Learning Grant will provide significant opportunities for Elmira City School District teachers and students. This national award represents the good work happening in Elmira currently and even more importantly, the gains our students will make in the future.

“We are grateful to our local, regional and state officials for their ongoing advocacy,” Austin concluded.

“We believe that early childhood literacy is the foundation for our students success," Director of Educational Services for Elmira City School District, Jay Hillman said. " This national grant award is significant to the Elmira City School District and represents a tremendous opportunity for our students and families to advance their literacy skills.  This grant will allow us to refine some of the work we’ve already done with early childhood literacy and advance our District-wide approach in order to prepare our students to be productive citizens.  

"We are grateful to our local, regional and state leaders for their ongoing advocacy and support," Hillman concluded.

The U.S. Department of Education provides grants through the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program in order to promote the development of literacy skills in American communities. IAL grants may be used to develop and enhance effective school library programs as well as provide early literacy services.
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